Meet the team

Throughout this course, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to communicate with our Lead Educator, his Mentors and other learners. Let’s take the time to introduce the ‘Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet’ course team.

Lead Educator

Martin Upton is a specialist in personal and corporate finance. Before joining the Open University Business School, Martin spent twenty years in financial services, including a period as Treasurer to the Nationwide Building Society.


Carole McDowall

Carole has a degree in accountancy and worked as an accountant for several years. She has been an OU tutor since 2006 on a variety of business and social science modules. Carole also works as a principal examiner and has a postgraduate certificate in online education.

Campbell Wilson

Campbell has long experience as an OU tutor working since 2006 on a range of modules within social sciences and business, and in other OU roles helping to support the learning journeys of refugees and asylum seekers. He worked for many years in Financial Services, before returning to full-time education and eventually completing his PhD in economic history. Campbell is committed to helping learners develop their academic skills and confidence in a well-supported environment.

Get involved

Before you move on, why not introduce yourself in the comments and share what you hope to get out of this course?

Remember, you can reply to individual comments and ‘like’ the ones you agree with or want to draw attention to. You can also ‘follow’ other learners whose responses you want to keep track of – why not follow our mentors now to get started? The comments section can be a little overwhelming if there are lots of responses, so please don’t feel you have to read all of them! We recommend reading the first page of most recent comments and then the first page of ‘most liked’ comments – this will help you keep up-to-date with the newest and hottest comments in the course.

This course is one of eight available in the ‘Business and Finance Fundamentals’ program. When you upgrade on all eight course in this program, and quality for a Certificate of Achievement on each, you can earn 30 UK credits towards The Open University Business School’s flexible MBA by passing a linked Open University assessment course (requiring separate OU registration and fee).

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